st. michael’s mount ▴ mount’s bay, cornwall, england
the earliest of st. michael’s buildings dates to the 12th century. like many castles and their resting grounds, st. michael’s mount is tidal island; there is a granite pathway that one may use to visit the island, passable between mid-tide and low water. its cornish name karrek loos yn koos means ‘the grey rock in a wood’.
Post 3 of 3 - The older quarter of Leriwck, Shetland by night. One is reminded of the small lanes and alleys of a Cornish coastal village; a characteristic that relates the two extremities of the United Kingdom. An air of Dickensian smuggling for one and of Scandinavian influence for t’other.
Sky: 64 frames of continuous shots aligned and stacked by PixInsight;
Buildings: 64 frames of continuous shots stacked by Photoshop;
Reflections: single frame with noise reduction by Noiseware.
Four conditions are necessary for a shot of the Milky Way around St Michael’s Mount:
a) It has to be May, June or July of each year;
b) It has to be a cloudless night;
c) There must be no moon above the horizon;
d) When the Milky Way is up in position, low tide is required to access the location.
I was lucky to encounter a night with all four conditions met, however my planned foreground - the causeway of granite setts - did not look good due to the very low tide, ruining my “Path to Heaven” in mind. It was no fun standing in the sea for three hours struggling to find an alternative composition, especially when crabs move around my tripod with the sound of water clashes. Finally I realised that if I stand still in the sea, the water becomes very still thanks to the low tide, and I could capture the reflection of the Milky Way without using Photoshop - an unexpected reward!
“In the hotel room next to mine, Jimmy and Jackie were having a really hot romance. He played on almost all my sessions the 60s, but he was very dull in those days. This was before he went away and became interesting. I guess what he was doing in that hotel room was getting interesting. Tony Calder said to them, ‘As soon as you two are finished in that room fucking each other’s brains out, why don’t you write Marianne a song as well” - Marianne Faithfull
“... The call went out and we found out that my session was sheduled for when he was in art school, so we would have to wait for him to get out of school. I said, 'He’d better be really good.’ I played Jimmy the songs. He listened and played them back so perfectly, with so much soul and technique, that I could tell instantly what a brilliant artist he was. He could play anything, even at his young age.”
“Even than, he was spectacular. He wanted to split from the music world because he was getting disillusioned. Jimmy wanted to go to Cornwall or the Channel Islands and sell pottery. He couldn`t stand the business, the strain and I couldn`t stand his dream of quietness so we split, but I guess he`s changed a lot since then.”
“We got together afterwards (…) she said `I`ve got a copy of Bob Dylan`s new album if you`d like to hear it` and I said `Would I like to hear it?” - Jimmy Page
Post 1 of 3 - The older quarter of Leriwck, Shetland by night. One is reminded of the small lanes and alleys of a Cornish coastal village; a characteristic that relates the two extremities of the United Kingdom. An air of Dickensian smuggling for one and of Scandinavian influence for t’other.